Maybe the greatest contributor to a badly performing computer is malware.
Action 1. Revise the definitions of your anti-virus and run a complete scan of your hard disk in Safe Mode. Resolve any unfixable issues. Notice that some viruses need additional steps before they could be removed; typically a internet search will locate specific directions or a particular removal tool. Use the BC forums to request help, if you cannot find a answer.
Step Two. If the slowness is surprising, and you’ve recently downloaded an application, the issue might rest there. Test this by fully removing it. A user will generally perform a websearch about the program before downloading it because in most instances, any potential trouble with malware or poor performance will have surfaced.
Step three. Adware and Spyware can radically effect your computer’s functionality, and these are throughout the Internet. A very recent study indicated that one out of every 20 executable files on Web sites is spyware, and 1 in 25 domains feature at least one piece of spyware waiting for sufferers.
Seasoned users will regularly run 2 or 3 of the programs, because each company has its own standards for what constitutes spyware and will only search against their own established. (A set of really good, free antispyware applications is given by BC). Again, solve any open issues before continuing to the next step.
For additional reading about Malware and some malware removal applications, use BC’s Tutorial section; most of the programs have very great Help documents that explain how they operate also as the special features of each.
Stage 4. Review programs that self-launching on startup. You pc can become a battleground for your attention. Many programs, for instance, install a rapid-launch feature which permits them to be opened instantly; other programs will contain an automated update feature that demands them to be working in the background. Your launching Windows are slowed down by each of these and each needs a small bit of assets while your computer is running.
If you’re unsure about what can be safely removed, remember that BC maintains a very complete Startup Database that includes information about whether the item is needed, elective, or not needed.
At-the same time, remember that those symbols in your Desktop also take a small amount of boot time to set themselves.
Absence of Maintenance
Step 5. Clean up your hard drive (preparation for Step 7). Delete unused programs and exchange old files to your CD. Unplayed games, lots of family pictures, zipped files that you have opened, applications you haven’t found in two years, software for that old printer you put away last year—these are a few types of files you can delete. Then use Window’s Disk Cleanup to delete temporary internet files, temporary PC health files, etc.
(Note for higher level users: some professionals would include the added maintenance stage of cleaning the Windows registry, and you’ll find plenty of apps to assist try this. For the most part, registry maintenance will not make a significant difference, and unless you’re very comfortable with Windows, and cautiously make backups of the registry, you may do severe damage by creating registry modifications, so this step isn’t included
Action 6. Run scandisk / checkdisk in Safe Mode. Have it mend Spp.reg.
Stage 7. Defragment your computer.
Hopefully, since you have have finished, you will find a marked improvement in pc performance.